The danger of selfies

First I saw the baboons. The 2 on the left, sitting on a rock watching the humans. The way they were sitting made me think of two people watching a show or something. I could almost hear them asking for popcorn to munch on while they watched the humans stopping their cars to gawk.


We stopped to  gawk, too, and that’s when I realised the bloke in one of the cars had a problem. Turns out he had stopped to take a selfie with the baboons in the background but instead got stuck in the sand. As I arrived and stopped so did a few other cars, as well as the rangers whose job it is to ensure the baboons behave. So the baboons took off.  Last I saw, several people were trying to lift the car out of the sand after a tow rope had broken. I heard later that he finally managed to get out with the help of rocks. It’s not called the Cape of Good Hope for nothing. I never did ask if he actually got his selfie.


The law is here, let’s gap it and find another party.


About Francoise Armour

I run a small touring company (Tours du Cap) at the bottom of Africa, to show visitors the beauty and vibrant culture of the country I have lived in since my parents brought me here from France as a child. I enjoy taking photos and wish I had learnt to do it properly. I enjoy writing but don't do enough of it. I enjoy walking in the mountains that surround me and I marvel over the views and the flowers and the amazing rock formations. I have a small, cute, clever, black dog of indeterminable breed, named Vida, who reminds me regularly that walking and getting out is not only for when tourists want it.

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A note to all accidental visitors:

I am not a photographer and do not claim to have any particular skills whatsoever in that department. I have enormous respect for those who can see the potential in a scene and can create a great photo. Good photography is an art, in my opinion.

I am just a happy snapper, I have no special lenses or accessories, my camera is very simple and it's usually best to leave the setting on auto.

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